What: Passports with Purpose
Where: Prizes from all over the World including the Omni Hotel at CNN Center and Downtown Atlanta Attractions
When: Nov. 30 – Dec. 16, 2011
Cost: $10 per chance to win
Wouldn’t it be great to give the gift of travel this holiday season? Perhaps do a bit of good along the way? Field Trips with Sue is participating in a fundraiser put on by travel bloggers from around the globe called Passports with Purpose. What makes the fundraiser fun and different, is that we raise money by giving away prizes to our donors!
Here’s how Passports with Purpose works – each $10 donation you make enters you to win one of our fabulous prizes. Donating more lets you choose more prizes or increase your odds of winning the exact prize you want. At the end of the fundraiser (Dec 16th this year) winners will be chosen at random. Over the past four years, $100,000 has been raised to fund projects for Heifer International, build a School in Cambodia, and build an entire Village in India. This year, funds will go to build two libraries in Zambia through a partnership with Room to Read. My boys have been introduced to so many wonderful friends through reading, like Harry Potter; Percy Jackson; Jack and Annie; and the Hardy boys Frank and Joe. It’s nice to know donations will go to children who would not otherwise have access to books.
What could you win? The Omni Hotel at CNN Center is offering a Downtown Atlanta Family Getaway including accomodations in a luxury room for two nights including taxes and valet parking, breakfast for four each morning at the Prime Meridian, four tickets to the World of Coca-Cola, four tickets to the Georgia Aquarium and the new AT&T Dolphin Tales show and four tickets to the CNN Studio Tour at CNN World Headquarters. My family recently did this tour and had a blast. It was such fun to get away without having to spend hours in the car and the Omni offers several extras for kids including an Omni Spectaular Kids Backpack upon arrival and ice cold milk and homemade chocolate chip cookies on your first evening. Everything you’d want to do as a family is within easy walking distance, so once we parked our car, we never had to worry about using it again for our entire stay. Here’s my post about an Atlanta Vacation at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, as well as photos from our visit on Field Trips with Sue on Facebook.
More about Passports With Purpose and our Libraries in Zambia In 2008, Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel, Michelle Duffy and Beth Whitman, the bloggers behind Delicious Baby, Nerd’s Eye View, WanderMom, and Wanderlust and Lipstick, respectively, began a travel-inspired initiative to raise money online and raised $7,500 for Heifer International. In 2011, with the help of fellow travel bloggers, they hope to raise $80,000 to build two libraries in southern and eastern Zambia through Room to Read’s Library Program. Being able to read is a precursor to any type of economic improvement, and in Zambia only 71% of adults (and 64% of Zambian women) are able to read and write. Most kids don’t have access to books other than their school textbooks. If you’ve helped a child learn to read, you know that’s just not enough.
Through this program, we’ll be providing two established schools with libraries. Each library will include educational puzzles and games, child-sized furniture, colorful, print-rich decorations and shelves full of local-language books. But the support goes beyond just the physical necessities, once the library is complete, Room to Read works trains the school’s teachers to make best use of the library resources. That support continues for three years, after which the school is able to run the library on their own.